Respiratory Care Specialty Option
Upon completion of the RC 496 internship at Sanford Health, student interns choose a specialty area and develop an individualized specialty option proposal. This specialty option consists of RC 494-Individual Study (4 credits) and a minimum of 12 credits of special electives. Special electives should be closely related to the clinical experience planned for RC 494. They are part of the same 'total package'.
Guidelines for the written proposal will be provided by Sanford Health-Fargo Respiratory Care program faculty. Proposals are presented to the RC Curriculum Committee for approval. Once approved, any changes must occur by petition to the Committee.
RC 494-Individual Study includes 160 clinical specialty hours and a research project.
Commonly selected specialty areas are: neonatal/pediatric general or intensive care, adult general or intensive care, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, sleep medicine, pulmonary rehabilitation, home care, education, and management. Other specialty areas may be possible and should be discussed with your academic advisor/Sanford RC program faculty in advance of developing the written proposal.
The research project will consist of journal or original research. Publication guidelines will be provided by Sanford Health Respiratory Care program faculty.
Each student will be required to complete a minimum of 12 credits of 300-400 level courses. These credits must include one course from the COMMUNICATION and one course from the SOCIOLOGY categories below. The following courses are recommended:
COMMUNICATION: Minimum of one course (3 credits)
Comm 308-Business and Professional Speaking (3)
Comm 315-Small Group Communication (3)
Comm 380-Health Communication I (3)
Comm 381-Patient-Provider Communication (3)
Comm 383-Organizational Communication (3)
SOCIOLOGY: Minimum of one course (3 credits)
SOC 426-Sociology of Medicine (3)
SOC 440-Sociology of Aging (3)
SOC 441-Death and Dying (3)
OTHER: Minimum of 6 credits
BIOL 315/315L-Genetics and Lab (3, 1)
EDUC 321 - Intro to Teaching (3)
EDUC 322-Educational Psychology (3)
HDFS 320-Prenatal, Infant/Toddler Development (3)
HDFS 330-Child Development (3)
HDFS 340-Adolescent Development (3)
HDFS 360-Adult Development and Aging (3)
HDFS 475-Children/Families Across Cultures (3)
HDFS 482-Family Dynamics of Aging (3)
HNES 351-Metabolic Basis of Nutrition (4)
HNES 465/466-Physiology of Exercise and Lab (3,1)
MGMT 320-Foundations of Management (3)
MGMT 330-Foundations/Organizational Behavior (3)
MICR 460/460L-Pathogenic Microbiology and Lab (3, 2)
MICR 470/471-Basic Immunology and Lab (3, 2)
MLS 435-Hematology (2)
PHRM 300-Principles of Clinical Pharmacology (3)
PSYC 322-Thinking and Making Decisions (3)
PSYC 350-Research Methods I (3)
PSYC 471-The Psychology of Aging (3)
RC 499-Interprofessional Healthcare Practice
Other 300-400 level courses not listed here may be taken to fulfill the